MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 Luxurious smoked malt (Bamberg-y) painting thick layers of prosciutto-like meatiness onto the tongue, writhing in pleasure...Lingering alcohol warming carries caramel, velvety peach skins, red fruit jam, baby grapefruits and a well-proportioned sweet/salty agglomeration...A devilishly witty and seductive replacement to Schlenkerla Urbock... DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
The average score here is bullshit. When are people going to understand what a smoked beer should be?? A big thanks to BrooklynBoy for this one. BrooklynBoy is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best traders on this site. This one pours turbid dark amber/diarrhea with aroma of huge malt, smoke, smoked almonds, toffee, scotch, cognac, sausage, and peat. I actually took my notes before I found out this was a rauchbier and read the description......so I’m quietly patting myself on the back for my assessment. Tastes malty, with a very rauchy taste and finish, in addition to fruit, smoked meat, and cognac. I pegged this one as 2 parts rauchbier, 1 part barleywine, and 1 part Belgian dubbel, and this review proves to me that I truly belong as a Beer God here, and that truly gives me a huge woody (a smoked woody in this case). Cheers. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Color is a deeply clouded milkyness of burnt orange, more darker brown nearer the top as apposed to the bottom and edges of the glass. Waffer thin crown of yellowed tan, keeps a thin and sturdy collar and minimal spotty lines of lace decides to stick.
Aroma is a calming smooth, tangly sweet smokey wood or fish thing over a small caramel malt. Quite tangy and sweet with the smokey thing thats not overly powerful but definately present. This ain’t no mild nose, even after some age. Impressive.
Flavors are tangy and sweet with malt and smoke, plain and simple. Quite a good load of them. Smooth, not overbearing. Caramel underneath, some slight dark cherry and pruney flavors kinda play in there nearer the finish. Finishes a bit rough with some yeasty alcoholic spiced heat and smokey leftover tingey tang.
Feel isn’t as smooth as the flavors, quite jagged and rough; though, nearly full with a solid malt base and smokey sweet tang keeping a whole bunch of things a goin’ on. Gets better as it warms. More so towards the finish, it starts out with a quick grab, settles in, then takes hold again. Uff-da, what a ride...
I was hoping for Third Coast with a smokened lightness in there, but this was a whole nother beast, in fact. nothing near my hopes. Yet, this came across as a good Ol’ fashioned smoked ale thats been beefed up. Quite an interesting treat and damn good too.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy brown/orange with a small, thick head. Aroma is smokey with fruits and nuts. Awesome. Taste is caramel and tobacco, in fact, a LOT of tobacco. Texture is smooth and silky. Really good. Hops are still in there. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Coppery, California Redwood coloring with practically no head at all. Almost could be mistaken for a Belgian Quadruple, but without the trademark yeasty aromas. Smells like delcious smoked salmon, and I’m not saying that to be totally obvious with this impression. The smoked meat aromas have a greasy, fatty quality to them that could not be found in a fish outside of the trout/salmon species. Some red berry aromas lurk beneath the smokiness, but they’re difficult to discern over the smoky dominance. Wow. I’m very impressed by the level of balance between the different flavor elements. Its almost like drinking a smoked brown Belgian Strong Ale. Sweet, vinous qualities. Carbonation is mild and it tastes as though the beer has had ample time to mellow out and leave behind its sticky sweet flavor residues. A bit of a honey smack at the conclusion. I’m very sad to see my glass empty completely and conclude this fine tasting experience.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009 Pours a clouded deep mahogany and ruby brown orange fringed with a rim of off-white. Aroma of smoked bacon, with grilled swordfish. This over a medly of aged fruits and malt. Over a stong ale? Wow! Has greasy meat and salmon touches, that are not unpleasent. Flavors are quite savory at first, with a hint of gentle garlic and dill, mingled with smoked salmon fat. Strong fruit and cherries kick in, much like a classic dark strong belgian. But, it continues with an underlying gentle and delicate smoked pork fat. Accompanies the gentle malt, fruit and apples with grace. Bright and well presented to the palate. The deft mingling of gentle campfire and pork fat dance with caramel and toffee in a graceful manner and overall harmony. I’m really impressed by how well the two disparate flavors intermingle so well. This is truly a special treat. Signs of mellowing and gentle and fantastic ageing are true in the ale side of this beer. A hint of cranberry vinous notes in the backend. In the aftertaste the smoked woodchips mix with a gentle bread and yeast. All around, fantastic! Palate is sweet and clingy, with an everlasting pleasant flavor that I wish would never end. Thanks cquiroga! Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Had at Willblake’s place. Pours a deep dark woody brown, haze, and a thin head. Very sticky sweet caramel. light soy, oily nuts, and a smooth deep smokiness- light campfire- heavy on the smokey meats and smoked salmon aromas. Thickly sweet flavor, molasses, caramel, chocolate nutty hints, good balance of woody and meaty smoke. Huge thick body for a smoked beer. Held up surprisingly well with very little oxidation. Damn tasty overall. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2006
#250. 12 oz bottle pours a brown-rasin color with a beige ring for a head. Holy smoke aroma, this is aged and thought this aroma might fade but damn. Campfire smoked ham, wood, peat, burnt wood. Sweet flavors begin chocolately and a little burnt carmelized sugars fading to dark malts, smoked wood flavors, and alcohol. Has a burnt carmel smoke finish. This is amazing. lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Really loved this one. What a great taste. First smell is smoked and wood chips. Almost reminded me of smoked salmon, which i read on the description later. Maybe they just should go together. I can’t say enough good things about this one. Loved it! 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2008
[6 year old bottle, thank you Dukefan! ] I was quite disappointed that they didn’t stamp the batch number on the bottle! Anyways, pours a very murky dark orange/amber with a minimal head. Strong sweet smokey aroma with cherries and hickory bbq. Flavor follows suit, sweet and smokey, big malty rich caramelized applewood & hickory smoked bacon and lots of bitter cherry. Medium mouthful that is lightly syrupy yet still smooth and very palatable. Can we have this again please?